On Friday, Cheshire High School field (3-0) battled to win 2-1 over four-time reigning Southern Connecticut Conference Champion Guilford (1-0-0-1). The Rams trailed 1-0 in the fourth quarter, but came back to force overtime and then win the game with 7:08 left in 7 vs. 7 overtime.
The winning goal came on a penalty corner. Senior Taya Buntin inserted the ball to senior co-captain Gigi Ranoldo, who converted on a hard shot to clinch Cheshire’s first rivalry victory since 2020.
The teams both threatened offensively, but the contest went scoreless for three quarters. The Rams controlled possession for the majority of the first, but were unable to score.
Guilford picked up their pressure in the second. Senior Kim Evans intercepted a pass and sprinted into a breakaway, however, junior goalkeeper Ginny Curello (four saves) made a leg save.
The Grizzlies were awarded an untimed penalty corner to end the first half. Senior Gigi Meneo sent the ball into the cage, but the goal was taken off the scoreboard.
Finally with 6:29 left in the fourth quarter, Guilford jumped ahead on a shot in a crowd by junior Tania Evans. The goal was the first against the Rams this season.
Facing a deficit for the first time, Cheshire rallied to tie the game with 3:46 left in regulation. Ranoldo lifted the ball in front of the cage and junior Ava Houle deflected it into the right side of the cage.
After winning the game in overtime, CHS extended their unbeaten start this fall.
Next Tuesday, CHS hosts Mercy at 4 p.m.
Girls’ Soccer (3-0)
Like the field hockey team, Cheshire stayed unbeaten with a 5-0 win over Daniel Hand (1-1-1). Senior tri-captain Gabby Tirado scored the opening three goals and added an assist.
Senior tri-captain Anna Hurlbut put in the other two goals.
Senior Haley Shaw tallied two assists and junior Ainsley Dziura earned an assist for her first point. In net, junior Sophie Bates made four saves en route to her second straight shutout.
The Rams play again next Tuesday, visiting Wallingford to face Lyman Hall at 3:45 p.m.
Girls’ Swim and Dive (3-0)
At the Cheshire Community Pool, CHS won 100-48 over Branford to extend their dual-meet win streak to 89. Junior Grace Hanke and sophomore Natalia Gajecki led the way in three events.
Individually, Gajecki captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.70) and 100-yard freestyle (57.08), while Hanke had top times in the 50-yard freestyle (27.20) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:18.65).
Gajecki and Hanke teamed with sophomore Carly Cahill and senior Emily Rivera to win the 200-yard medley relay (2:06.52). Juniors Morgan McDonough (200-yard freestyle, 2:08.67), Kelsey Stern (100-yard butterfly, 1:11.54), and Julia Barto (500-yard freestyle, 5:22.78), and senior Somya Gulati (100-yard backstroke, 1:28.36) also touched the wall first.
Freshman Leah Dale, sophomore Helen Baxter, junior Julia Bevilacqua, and senior Emma Grove had the fastest time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (4:32.61). Senior tri-captain Hannah Tao picked up her third victory in the one-meter dive (192.68).
Next Tuesday, the Rams visit Wilbur Cross to face East Haven/Wilbur Cross/Hillhouse Co-Op at 3:45 p.m.
Saturday’s varsity schedule:
Cross Country (3-0 for boys and girls)
After a nine-day layoff, Cheshire teams return for the Wilton Invitational. Races start at 9 a.m.
Boys’ Soccer (1-1)
The Rams host North Haven (0-2) at 5 p.m.